Since becoming Vegetarian about 9 months ago, and Vegan now for around 2 months, I have constantly been asked why I did it! So I thought that I would give you all a little story about how, why and anything else you could think of.
Before I start, I think the saying “Ignorance is bliss” applies to most people that I speak to about it. The majority of people say they totally understand why, they realise what is happening in the meat & dairy industry but choose not to seek information.
And that’s exactly where I began my journey – I actively wanted to learn and make a change for my own life and for the animals.
After recently taking the dive into becoming vegetarian, I have started attempting to be more Vegan. I am constantly searching for new things to try and forever looking at the back of the packet to see whether I can have it. #VeganProblems am i right?
I have began to love educating myself about the industry and delving into making meals for myself so I know for a fact what’s in it. It’s also helping a lot with my bank balance as I am just buying everything that I am certain will last me for the whole week.
My most recent meal (that was banging I’ll have you know) was a Vegan Korma-style curry which included a mild sauce that I added my own spices to.
Instagram is, arguably, the best social media outlet that we have in our lives and I’m sure most of us spend countless hours on the app. Whether it’s scrolling through endless blogger’s wardrobes, dreaming of perfect holidays or compiling a list of your top 10 favourite dogs, it undoubtedly eats away at the hours in our day.
I for one cannot get enough and I always find myself still scrolling at 1am wondering where on Earth the time went. So that’s why I’ve decided to bring you a list of my favourite accounts to follow, spread the love and encourage a conversation – because we all know that the latest Instagram update has taken a beating on our engagement.
So I have decided that I want to start creating an interiors section on my blog because it is something that I am absolutely loving at the moment. If you follow me on any social media *all links at the top of the page*, then I’m sure you will have noticed that I’ve just gone absolutely mental for everything to do with interior design, textures and creative spaces. I am also in the process of completely redecorating my bedroom, transitioning it from a teenage boy’s playroom to an adult space where I can relax and write.
So, I’ve got something a little bit different for you guys. Every month I’m gonna be setting up a Monthly Favourites playlist over on my Soundcloud, which I will then talk about on my blog. Feel free to subscribe to the playlist, give me suggestions, share or simply just get some new music to listen to!
Bebe Rexha – I’m Gonna Show You Crazy
This girl burst onto he scene featuring with Cash Cash with their smash hit Take Me Home, but now Bebe is taking the world by storm on her own. This is her second single, following the huge success of I Can’t Stop Drinking About You, which promises to be another hit we can belt out. The lyrics alone show her bad girl attitude and her alternative view of love, explaining how she will be a ‘psychopath’. I am sure there’s much more to come from this young Albanian, so keep your eyes, and especially your ears, wide open.
Kwabs – Walk
This 24 year old from Bermondsey in South London has been going from strength to strength. After starting out by covering songs on YouTube, his cover of James Blake‘s The Wilhelm Dream went viral, he has gained international recognition since releasing this single in October last year. Even though it didn’t chart highly here in the UK, it became hugely popular in Germany and Austria and was even number one in the iTunes Music Chart for quite some time. This inspirational song is bringing great things for this guy, so watch out for his soulful voice in the future.
Tove Lo – Talking Body
This Swedish pop-sensation has been spotted all over the charts for the past few months, but only as a feature. Now, with the release of her own music, she is certainly earnt those places in the mainstream music charts. Taken from her Queen of the Clouds EP, Talking Body is a relaxing pop ballad that gives an unconventional view of love. The 27 year-old really has done everything, toured with Katy Perry, written for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with Scream My Name and has recently teamed up with Alesso for the smash hit song (that’s obviously going to be a summer song) Heroes (We Could Be).This is just the start for this girl, so get used to hearing her name a lot.
Charli XCX – Doing It (Ft. Rita Ora)
A playlist wouldn’t be complete without a bit of Charli. And what a song. This time, 22 year-old Charlotte Aitchison has pulled Rita Orain for the ultimate girl-power song to kick off the year. After being catapulted into our heads with Icona Popand their ever-so-catchy hit I Don’t Care (I Love It), this girl has been here, there and everywhere. Her CV certainly is becoming something of a spectacle, featuring working with Iggy Azalea,opening all legs of Katy Perry‘s Prismatic Tour and writing songs for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. C’mon, you have to admit that you love this girl – well, you have to, I don’t think she’s going anywhere anytime soon.
Sam Smith – How Will I Know (SJUR Remix)
I found this gem after searching through the depths of Soundcloud and I play it all day, on repeat, everywhere I go. And I think this man needs no introductions to his awesome voice and his angelic way of melting our hearts. Sam Smith is probably the singer of the Century (arguable, I guess) and has been dominating the world song by song. This guy is only 22 and seems to have done everything, gained international acclaim for his debut albumIn The Lonely Hour, sang with Mary J bloody Blige and given us the best rendition of shower Beyonceever. And if anyone is able to do Whitney justice, it’s this guy. Give it a listen and fall in love with the boy once more – I know I have.
DJ FRESH – Gravity (Ft. Ella Eyre)
Once again, DJ Fresh is bringing us an ultimate banger. But it’s the 20 year-old from West London that provides the vocals in this record that guarantees success. Ella Eyrehas been on the radar for some time now after working with superstars Rudimental,Tinie Tempah and many more. This tune promises to be helping us transition into summer with the sick drum ‘n’ bass beat that is hard-hitting and makes you just wanna dance. She came second in the BRIT: Critic’s Choice Award (only to SamSmithhimself), won Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards and has announced to be supporting Olly Murson his area tour in 2015. Wow! This girl is destined for great things. I can’t wait to see more from her, you should be excited too!
Fifth Harmony – Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars Cover)
I think these 5 latinos need no introduction because of thatX-Factor final performance that stuck their song BO$$in our heads for weeks (it still hasn’t escaped mine!) The girls, that finished third in X-Factor USA, have covered this song that seems to be absolutely everrrrrrywhere at the moment and it might just be their greatest cover to date. Since finishing the competition, they have been dominating the world, touring with Demi Lovato,visiting the White House and getting praise from Michelle Obamaherself and setting up their own clothing line. Just give the song a listen, it gives a fresh take on the song with their voices and resonates their sassy attitude. Remember their name, I guarantee they will be everywhere in 2015.
Kygo – Firestone (Ft. Conrad)
This guy is relatively unknown in the UK, but in Norway (where he’s from), he’s a huge name. He has recently accumulated over 80 million views on his YouTube videos and Soundcloud mixes, with Firestone being his most recent success. This remix shys away from the melancholic original and gives it a new relaxing feel, giving you something to chill out to. Since his breakthrough last year, the 23 year-old has been contacted by supergroup Coldplayto remix their song Midnight and has warmed up for Swedish genius DJ Avicii for a festival in Norway. It seems like this guy is sticking to remixes at the moment, but he will get his time – trust me!
Sigma – Higher (Ft. Labrinth)
I’m pretty sure that this drum ‘n’ bass duo from Leeds need absolutely no introduction whatsoever. Since bursting onto the UK charts with their genius rework of Kanye’s Bound 2, they have been dominating the mainstream music scene, releasing masterpiece after masterpiece. And I’m sure this will be no different. I’m not a huge fan of Labrinth, but anything that these boys (Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie who met whilst at University) do seems to be turning to gold so it would be foolish not to feature them on my playlist. After topping the charts twice, with Nobody To Love and Changing which featured vocals from Paloma Faith, this group is destined for great things. I’m certain they will be dominating the airplay in 2015 too!
Years and Years – Desire
This trio from London have been catapulted into the charts lately with their catchy lyrics, electronic beats and enticing vocals. Since the release of this single, they were shortlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list and came out on top of the poll at the beginning of this year. This song has been absolutely everywhere and you’d had have to been living under a rock to not hear it. After recently teaming up with The Magician on his top-ten hit Sunlight and Tourist with Illuminate, they have been stamping their names onto the charts. I’m sure these boys will be bringing a summer hit for us this year, so keep listening for them on my playlists in the future.
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
I dare you to listen to a Jess Glynne song without feeling extremely happy. And this one is no different. The cheery upbeat tempo and positive lyrics deem this Hampstead born girl success once more. She has constantly been in the charts for the past year and it doesn’t seem she is going anywhere soon. Since working with Route 94, she provided the vocals for Rather Be with electronic quartet Clean Bandit, released her top-ten debut single Right Here and sang at every festival you could ever think of. And it seems that her and Clean Bandit loved working together so much, they collaborated again and delivered the smash Real Love. She’s sure come a long way from being rejected from X-Factor when she was just 15. It just reminds us that talent shows aren’t always the best way to get into the industry. Hard work is what pays off and this lass has proved that she can really do it.
Thank you for listening.
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Hello everyone, wow it’s been so long since I last blogged – a month yesterday actually.
I’ve been super, super busy doing things. Like my internship. What internship you ask? This one right here.
It has been a crazy month and it has gone extremely fast, it only seems like yesterday I was mega excited to be starting and now I’m almost half way through.
A lot has happened in that month though. I have learnt a lot of valuable skills that have taught me a lot (and I mean a lot) about the fashion industry. People are either nice or horrible, there is no inbetween. Luckily, the majority of the people I have met have been the nicer ones.
I’ve learnt that, unlike The Devil Wears Prada, what you wear doesn’t matter. If you want to wear trackies to work, so be it. If you do, however, wear something nice, it will be noticed so that’s always something to determine you to dress the part. I got complimented on my shoes many times, thank you very much!
I’ve gained a few new contacts. Speaking to people is the best way of just getting yourself out there. People love confidence, especially future employers. And oh, the fashion industry needs confident people, trust me. If you’re shy and quiet, just leave now.
I’ve learnt quite a bit about myself and how I approach things. I like to be organised and do things to the best of my ability. I love to do things efficiently and work towards a goal, whether it’s reachable or not. I like being set high goals, it shows that people have trust in me and have faith that I am able to work towards them and hopefully achieve them.
I have also found out that I love fashion. I have been completely surrounded by clothing, shoes and accessories and I just love it. I love looking at it, talking about it and working with it.
It has definitely been an eye-opener to my future and my career prospects. It has told me that I should never be scared to do something, just go for it. The minute you begin to doubt the idea, is the moment that it all starts to crumble, your dreams become farfetched and the cracks begin to show. Would you rather regret something you didn’t do and never knew what would have happened or something that you did do and failed?
Failing is a chance to learn and grow. Failure is normal. Everyone has to fail to realise what is really needed to succeed.
Ok, I’ve jumped in way too deep. Back to reality.
What else has happened? I have gained some fantastic friends – Katie & Samantha (better known as Scarphelia and Nashbag.)
I have grown a lot as a person in the past month and I have really seen a lot of the world (well, London!) to show me that things are reachable, dreams are possible and to never look back. The past is done, gone and forgotten. Look the the future, aim for success and reach for the stars.
I was at work the other day (I work in the garden centre in Homebase) and the weirdest, most strange thing happened to me.
I was sweeping the yard, minding my own business, just doing my job, when a little boy – he was probably about 5 – approached me, pointed at me and said:
“when I grow up, I want to be like you.”
Just like that.
My heart stopped. (and I think I blushed too.)
It was such a surreal moment that I just froze. Half in embarrassment, half in shock. A young boy wanted to grow up and be just like me, sweeping a yard in an average job?
I also felt quite proud, I let out a small grin at the boy. There I was, innocently working another usual day and something like that happened to brighten it up completely.
His parents killed my mood straight away. They just gave me the slightest look, grabbed the little boy by his arm, mumbled something and hurried off.
And it all happened within 10 seconds. That was it.
I had just been in the strangest daze for god-knows how long and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I kept thinking that I was day-dreaming, my mind helplessly wondering away from the jobs I had lined up to complete for the rest of my shift.
But no, it was real.
It made me realise that whatever job I get, I should be grateful to be in it. I should appreciate what I am doing and thrive for moments just like that to come along and make me feel enlightened, lifting my spirits even on the darkest of days.